The first Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, a private-public venture to support entrepreneurial good in the state, announced their winners this week.
The challenge awarded an estimated $97,000 in prizes for entrepreneurs and non-profits that were working to build a better way of life in Michigan. The turnout was tremendous with over 160 teams submitting ideas and an estimated 500 people at the event.
“Through the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, we’re unleashing change agents all around the state who are harnessing business to better our local and global communities,” said Elizabeth Garlow of Michigan Corps. “At Michigan Corps, we’re excited to support an emerging movement of social entrepreneurs in Michigan who are clearly ready to connect with one another and resources to advance their missions.”
- Fresh Corner Cafe took the first place award. This startup delivers fresh food to Detroiters.
- Digital Inclusion, a technology company that also incubates and empowers local entrepreneurs. Their mission is to build a digitally inclusive future for everyone.
- Ecotelligent Homes, a company that helps homes transition into affordable and eco-friendly homes.
- Patronicity, a crowdfunding site that helps citizens locally fund their neighborhood businesses.
- Design Innovation for Infants and Mothers Everywhere (DIIME), a company dedicated to providing affordable healthcare technology for local communities in need.
- The Java Hope Project, a non-profit empowering women to learn how to run their own business beginning with coffee carts.
- RNS Packaging Corporation, a healthy, non-toxic, and biodegradable packaging that’s better for the environment than styrofoam or bubble wrap.
- ReSource Fund, a company providing financial services to low-income communities in Michigan.
- The Michigan Garment District, a company aiming to bring locally made goods to the market.